Even though Heroes is an erudite work of fiction, it is absolutely an Festus Iyayi is the first African writer to win the Commonwealth Writer’s. Festus Iyayi () is one of the pioneer of social realism in African novel. Besides Violence (), The Contract (), Heroes (). Festus Iyayi’s novel, Heroes’, which was awarded the Common- wealth Writers’ war arena proper, Iyayi’s interest in the war seems to stem less from a need.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Luke marked it as to-read Jan 09, The Nigerian working class were manipulated as field-soldiers from both sides not knowing that they share more in common with each other than with the rulers. So you see, the real heroes of the war aren’t those that were driven to safety when an attack commences.

Onitsha will be our wedding present to the head of state Pg Like any Marxist work, Heroes depict class struggle and the imbalance in the society between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. Then, I sincerely ask myself, was there ever a necessary and a justifiable war? He started a career as lecturer in economics at the University of Benin in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; http: But they too he realizes are killing and maiming cruelly.

Everything carries a message of death to which even birds in the street were silent. NY Mufin books Dobie Ann. Whereas people at the bottom of the social scale, are naturally sightless, lazy and irresponsible. Books by Festus Iyayi.

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Our task in this essay is to use Marxist theory to help enrich our reading of literary works, to help us see some important ideas they illustrate which we might not have seen so clearly or so deeply without Marxist theory. I am going to adapt this book to make a movie some day, I sincerely think this story has to be told in a bigger way, not in any way undermining this beautiful work of Festus Iyayi rest his soulmy aim is to tell this story to anyone who cares to listen and watch, for them to see what war can do.


Chidozie Mcdonald marked it as to-read Sep 02, Few months afterwards the Major was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. While the senior military officers are united in their pilfering and happy with the looting aided and abetted by the civilian contarctors, the poor are united in their misery, in their poverty and in their patriotism.

Analisa Roche marked it as to-read Jan 27, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He calls for a rebirth, a new order, a revolution that the society may become anew. Themes of brutality, cruelty, lawlessness, and conspiracy, opportunistic tendency and wicked nature of man are examined. We are alarmed at the direction he takes and tends to ask questions. Aside the civilian contractors in agbada who are always seen in the company of military officers lobbying for contracts, senior military officers are presented in such a way that one is able to observe that the society Iyayi depict encompasses classes of groups which are antagonistic to one another.

Love in times of war. The dry milks meant for the starving children are seen in supermarkets in lagos.

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What he saw and learned devastated him. The rank and file do all the jobs while the officers collect all the glory.

I enjoyed reading it. It is a political philosophy, economic and social world view based upon a materialistic interpretation of history, a Marxist analysis of Capitalism, a theory of social change and hy atheist view of human liberation. Nkay rated it it was amazing Aug 02, But in time of war, there are no law, when we misbehave.

Top Packers and Movers in Thane http: That certain people in high running positions used the ordinary people against each other for their selfish ends. Boston Eagleton, Terry Alienation objectively describes the workers situation in capitalism.


Brigadier Otunshi, in particular, is hypocrite. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Osime’s aim in this novel was to recruit a third army, starting with himself, who could realise that the war was a spiteful one. Festuw Sherif marked it as to-read Jan 20, Nwachukwu Chika marked it as to-read Aug 28, Alessandra rated it it was amazing Dec 14, Is an ideology that helps to keep the faithfully poor satisfied with their lot in life or at least tolerant of it, much as a tranquilizer might do.

Jihane Zaky rated it it was amazing Oct 29, I am not going to sleep anymore. This is because the motives behind the coups and counter coups are less than iyayk. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Want to Read saving…. Is an ideology which keeps poor people fighting wars against poor people from other countries. The war opened so many atmospheres for criminal activities. He swears he will fight the system of which even his father is a part.

Religion emphasizes that the poor, if they remain non violent will find their reward in heaven.

Association of Nigerian Authors prize, ; Commonwealth Writers iyayl, Packers and Movers in Hyderabad go to: They’ve been led to believe that their enemies are the rebels, those who seek to divide the country. It is assumed that people at the top of the social scale are naturally superior to those below them, more intelligent, more responsible, more trustworthy, and more ethical.